DIY Christmas gifts can mean so much more to the recipients than store-bought versions. They’ll know you put time and thought into them, of course, plus – as you’re ‘do it yourselfing’ – it’s possible to really make each present truly personal. Take a look at these homemade gifts.
Love the idea of handmade gifts? Making soap is a simpler project than you might think. We love the super-easy recipe for glycerin soaps from Martha Stewart, which use food coloring to create beautifully colored soaps. Want to get fancy with fragrances to suit the recipient? Stores such as Bramble Berry offer soap-making kits as well as individual ingredients including fragrances so you can make soaps that suit the receiver to a T.
Create a snow globe
Snow globes are a classic – and fabulous DIY holiday gifts that the recipient can enjoy year after year. Make a traditional Christmas scene for the interior of the globe, or give it an individual twist with figurines or a landscape that mean something to your family member. All you’ll need is a clean glass jar, white plasticine, white glitter, epoxy, water and glycerin together with the figurines and any landscape features such as trees. Plastic or ceramic designs will work, but don’t use metal that will rust.
Use the plasticine to make the snowy landscape in the jar lid and glue the figures and features like trees in place. Leave to dry. Fill the jar with water, a little glitter and a little glycerin to make the snow. Stir to mix. Screw the lid on the jar to finish, then turn upside down and shake to make it snow.
Bake Christmas cookies
If you know someone with a sweet tooth, baking them a batch of Christmas cookies is sure to please. We like Good Housekeeping’s sugar cookies which can be stored at room temperature in a tightly covered container for up to two weeks, or up to three months in a freezer so you can make ahead. To make the gift extra special, present it in a tin or jar that can be kept afterwards, and tie with Christmas ribbon.
Pic: The Contemporary Home
Design an indoor wreath
Here’s another homemade Christmas idea for a DIY gift that a family member can enjoy year after year. Make a decorative indoor wreath and it can be hung in the window or from a shutter panel. All you’ll need is a foam wreath form as a base. Cover it in ribbon or fabric in Christmassy hues glued or pinned in place – or glue on pompoms or foam balls given a coat of glitter (use white glue to stick it on). Use a piece of ribbon looped around the top of the ring to hang it from the window frame or shutter.
Put together a gift hamper
How about assembling a collection of gifts that’s bespoke for a friend or relative? It’s a simple but effective way of making store-bought elements much more individual. Gourmets love a food and drink selection, but think about a collection for a gardener, a crafter, a hobbyist… A wicker hamper’s great for edible gifts, but you can choose a container that suits the theme – we’re talking a planter for the green-thumbed, or a basket for someone who’s handy with knitting needles, for example, so the carrier is a part of the present, too.